Selection of recently acquired Sybil Connolly dresses gone on display at Hunt Museum
Sybil Connolly was a pioneering designer in Ireland and one of the first to have international success, especially in America.
Connolly was among a group of Irish designers, in the 1950’s and 1960’s, such as Irene Gilbert and Nelli Mulcahy whose designs were inspired by native fabrics, turning them into high fashion garments. Later in her career she turned her attention to interior decoration and designed crystal, fabric and ceramics. Her natural style and charm made her an outstanding ambassador for Ireland.
Among her bewitchingly romantic high fashion, on display are a wine pleated linen coat, a dark blue poplin coat dress, a green kaftan poplin dress, a red-black tartan coat, and cream crochet dress (pictured above), all recently donated to The Hunt Museum from a private collection.
By Olivia O’Sullivan
This article appeared in the Limerick Post issue 20th February 2016